Sunday, November 15, 2009

NanoWriMo - Day 15

Words written today:  4921

Today I learned a very valuable lesson.  Well, it's not so much that I learned a lesson as I thanked my lucky stars that I'd learned it previously.  Today I woke up motivated and happy.  Ready to write my way to the end.  I'm three chapters away.  I've, for the most part, figured out how to get to the end.  I've known the end since the beginning, but getting there has been a challenge.  Well, I woke up this morning, made my coffee, got my computer, and got settled on the patio.  The weather's been awesome the last couple of days, so I've really enjoyed being outside.  I turned on the computer only to find that everything was gone.

Every writer's nightmare.  Hard drive failure.  Well, okay, mine wasn't hard drive failure.  I don't know exactly what had happened, but all my writing was gone.

I'd lost a bunch of stuff once before, and that's when I invested in a cloud computing account with Apple.  All I had to do was resync my computer and all my stuff was back.  Sure, it took over an hour and really killed my momentum this morning, but having everything in the cloud means that all my computers could suffer catastrophic failure, and all my hard work would be fine.

So that's the lesson.  Back up your stuff.  It doesn't have to be on a cloud, but it has to be often and it has to be something you never forget.

Hey, halfway to thirty!  Hope everyone's doing well :)


  1. OMG! I'm so glad everything worked out okay!

  2. Good thinking. I email my projects to myself and store them away in my gmail account. I don't think gmail is collapsing anytime soon.


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